Why Do Pilot Watches Have A Triangle?


Pilot watches

Many of you might have seen a pilot watch but one of the things that one tends to notices is the triangle that pilot watches tend to have near the “12” mark. But why is that triangle mark there? Is there a special reason for this, well that is exactly what we’ll be answering along with some other related questions in this very article, so without further ado, let’s get right into it!

The answer to this is as follows: Pilot watches have a triangle on the “12” of its digits to help the pilots know and understand the orientation of the watch. This could be a problem especially considering that a plane isn’t always flown in a straight line, which is something that can mess up with the sense of simultaneously telling time.

This is also the reason that there usually two neon dots next to the triangle, these are added to aid the telling of the time even if there is darkness in the pit due to reasons like the weather

Some other distinguishing factors of a pilot watch:

  • Oversized Case
  • Big Dial
  • Big Crown (So that it is easy to edit time as need be), or set a stopwatch or use the other related features.
  • Usually Comes With Neon: This is to help telling time when it is dark

That’s about it for this blog, if you have any further clock/watches-related questions, feel free to use the comment section below. And if you want to read an interesting article on why clocks don’t appear in dreams, we have a great article on just that so do give it a click if you are interested “Why don’t clocks appear in dreams? Clocks and dreams!Opens in a new tab.“. Here is also a link about the history of clocks if you want to give that a look “History of timekeeping devicesOpens in a new tab.

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